Philosophy of Science Matters: The Philosophy of Peter Achinstein

Hardcover | May 13, 2011

EditorGregory J. Morgan

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In this, the first book devoted to Peter Achinstein's influential work in philosophy of science, twenty distinguished philosophers, including four Lakatos award winners, address various aspects of Achinstein's influential views on the nature of scientific evidence, scientific explanation, andscientific realism. It includes short essays by Steve Gimbel and Jeff Maynes, Nancy Cartwright, Jordi Cat, Victor DiFate, Jerry Doppelt, Adam Goldstein, Philip Kitcher, Fred Kronz, Deborah Mayo, Greg Morgan, Helen Longino, John Norton, Michael Ruse, Bas van Fraassen, Stathis Psillos, Larry Laudan,Richard Richards, Kent Staley, and Jim Woodward with replies to each contributor from Peter Achinstein. Readers will come away with an understanding of the current debate in multiple areas of philosophy of science and how various contemporary issues are connected.

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In this, the first book devoted to Peter Achinstein's influential work in philosophy of science, twenty distinguished philosophers, including four Lakatos award winners, address various aspects of Achinstein's influential views on the nature of scientific evidence, scientific explanation, andscientific realism. It includes short essay...

Gregory J. Morgan (PhD, Johns Hopkins) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stevens Institute of Technology. He specializes in History and Philosophy of Science and Applied Ethics and has published in British Journal for Philosophy of Science, Journal of Molecular Biology, Biology and Philosophy, Journal of History of Biology, a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 6.5 × 9.41 × 1.3 inPublished:May 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Ordinary Language and the Unordinary Philosophy of Peter Achinstein2. Evidence, External Validity and Explanatory Relevance3. Maxwell, Matter and Method: Maxwellian Methodology, Maxwellianism and Methods of Historical and Philosophical Speculation4. Achinstein's Newtonian Empiricism5. Evidence and Objectivity in Achinstein's Philosophy of Science6. A Defense of Achinstein's Pragmatism About7. On the Very Idea of a Theory of Evidence8. Mill on the Hypothetical Method: A Discussion of Achinstein's Defense of Mill and Newton on Induction9. Waves, Particles, Independent Tests and the Limits of Inductivism10. What's So Great About an Objective Concept of Evidence?11. The Objective Epistemic Probabilist and the Severe Tester12. Achinstein and Whewell on Theoretical Coherence13. Observationally Indistinguishable Spacetimes: A Challenge for Any Inductivist14. Making Contact with Molecules: On Perrin and Achinstein15. Achinstein and The Evidence for Evolution16. The Place of Artificial Selection in Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution Through Natural Selection17. Evidence and Justification18. What Was Perrin's Real Achievement?19. Causes, Conditions, and the Pragmatics of Causal Explanation20. Replies to Contributors